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Stylish HP Graphing Calculator Offers Greater Connectivity for Enhanced Classroom LearningPalo Alto, Calif., Aug 8, 2006
HP today introduced the HP 39gs graphing calculator, which features a hip design and multiple connectivity options, including wireless.
The powerful calculator is an ideal high school classroom tool that allows students and teachers to tackle complex math problems and perform other sophisticated operations.
Building on HP’s broad line of calculators, the HP 39gs targets the high school math and science market with more connectivity options than comparably priced calculators. The 39gs offers infrared communications to wirelessly share data and applications with other compatible HP calculators as well as convenient, industry-standard USB and RS232 ports that enable students and teachers to save or download programs to a PC(1) when needed.
In addition, its modern white and grey look and clean lines are designed to appeal to its teenage audience.
“The HP 39gs is the ultimate problem-solving tool with its dynamic functionality wrapped in a smart-looking design,” said Fred Valdez, general manager, Calculator Division, HP. “With this new product introduction, HP continues its almost 35-year heritage of delivering innovative products that have shaped the landscape of calculator technology.”
The HP 39gs’ generous memory allows users to create applications and to save their work – such as notes, sketches, equations, formulas, graphs and Aplets(2) – on the calculator for later use, unlike any other calculator in its class. In addition, a built-in Aplet library allows students to learn and explore different mathematical operations at their own pace.
One exclusive Aplet is HP Solve, which allows students to find any unknown variable without having to re-enter or modify the original equation. Aplets also can be used as building blocks for larger applications.
The HP 39gs includes ease-of-use and reliability features such as viewing symbols, numbers and graphs on a dynamic, easy-to-read split screen for convenient side-by-side comparisons. It uses familiar algebraic notation so data entry looks and works just like equations written on paper. Also, new Flash ROM allows for future system upgrades,(3) and a hard, slide-on cover offers greater screen protection.
The HP 39gs is permitted for use on some college entrance exams in the United States(4) and is backed by HP’s award-winning service and support.
Information about HP’s complete line of graphing, scientific and financial calculators, as well as virtual classes, tutorials and step-by-step learning modules for HP’s current range of calculators is available at www.hp.com/calculators.
Availability and pricing
The HP 39gs graphing calculator is planned to be available this fall for a suggested retail price of $79.99(5) online at HP.com, Amazon.com, WalMart.com, Samsclub.com, Circuitcity.com and in-store at J&R Electronics, Fry’s Electronics and select retailers and bookstores across the United States. A complete list of resellers is available at www.hp.com/calculators/resellers.
More information on the HP 39gs and other HP mobility solutions is available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/Mobility2006.
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(1) A separately purchased PC with a USB or RS232 port is required. An Internet connection is required for downloads from the Internet. HP does not guarantee the existence or performance of any third-party aplets. USB cable is included with the calculator.
(2) Aplet – a small application in the form of an electronic handout, note or assignment that can contain problems, variables, graphs, pictures and notes.
(3) A separately purchased PC with an Internet connection is required for downloads. HP makes no representation that a future upgrade will be available.
(4) Please refer to local exam agency for latest calculator policy outside the United States.
(5) Manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Retailer prices may vary. Prices shown in U.S. dollars, does not include applicable sales tax and shipping and is subject to change or cancellation without notice.
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